The Foundation invites proposals for the competitive process on an annual basis. The purpose of the grant program is to provide seed-funding for new and innovative programs or initiatives that enhance the quality of the undergraduate and graduate experience at NC State University.

Ideas Brought to Life

Go for ground-breaking concepts that will enhance the community — as well as the quality of an NC State education. Grant funding is limited to those programs or initiatives sponsored by university administrative offices and/or the seven NC State Foundation affiliated entities. College-based foundations (CALS, COS, Vet Med, Engineering, Textiles, and Natural Resources) are not eligible to receive grant funding from the NC State Foundation.

Make it Happen

The non-recurring award is your chance to put your ideas into action. Grant requests may not exceed $25,000, and are available for the current fiscal year only.

Apply Now

Your application must include the following:

  • A cover letter signed by your dean, director or department head
  • A narrative (no more than two pages) that includes:
    • Summary of program or project
    • Goals and objectives
    • Project activities
    • Desired outcomes including metrics and deliverables
    • Budget and requested amount
    • Detailed plan to secure long-term funding for the program or initiative
  • A video (2min maximum) shot on a mobile device. Tips for Video Submission:
    • Hold your phone horizontally
    • Film somewhere quiet with a simple background
    • Look into the camera.
    • Submit the video via this form

Submit a Proposal

Important Dates
Request for proposals distributed on March 2023
Grant proposal submission deadline: May 5, 2023
Review of proposals: May – June 2023
Award Notification: July 2023

Completed applications should be sent to:
North Carolina State University Foundation, Inc
Awards and Grants Committee
Campus Box 7004
or via email to  and
Questions? Call 919-515-0506